In the first quarter of 2003, the subsistence level in Russia amounted to RUR2,047 (about $66.4) per capita a month, the Russian State Statistics Committee reported. This was 8 percent higher than in the 4th quarter of 2002. The consumer goods basket amounted to RUR1,934 (nearly $62.7) in the first three months of 2003. The food component of the basket accounted for RUR945 ($30.7) and nonfoods equaled RUR443 ($14.4). Obligatory expenses for payments and taxes amounted to RUR113 ($3.7).
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.